The Caribbean Agave almost resembles a Yucca. I am in Roanoke, VA, by the way, zone 6/7. It is worth trying, especially as no special work was needed. Hi, Chris — I’m so glad you’re enjoying your agaves in bloom! Debra. I sympathize, Jennie. Thank you, Jane. Dear Debra, our 2 agave stalks are now about 40 feet high. Agave angustifolia (Caribbean Agave) Now this is an unusual Agave! In general, Agaves do not need to be repotted every year. Obviously they aren’t a plant for outdoors here in Nova Scotia, but I can vicariously enjoy them through photo-posts like this. How long before that shoot topples over? When it comes to Agave americana, when it blooms, it’s not only bittersweet, it’s a calamity—like having a big tree in your yard suddenly die. I did not know it was agave til resently it started growing a stalk out of the center and I didn’t know what was happening because it never had done this in the past. Flowers are yellow or greenish-yellow, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, and bloom in panicles at the … Can I use the agave blooms for cooking i.e. Flowers are greenish-yellow to white and appear on a flowering stem that grows up to 16.5 feet (5 m) tall. At its base grow pups of the mother plant. I have an agave blue ember that has decided to bloom after ten years in the ground. Here in the Southwest, even savvy gardeners tend to think agaves are century plants (big, hulking Agave americana) and don’t realize the marvelous array of miniatures that are available. Most Trichocereus species have a white flower. The blossoms on the bloom spike form bulbous little plants. Copyright © 2013-2020 World of Succulents. Thank you, Carol, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Can and how can I send you a picture Taking as many as 40 years to bloom, agave … I had no idea what it was but during this time it died, grew bacj, I relocated it at which time I harvested 2 babies attached to roots. Years after maturity, the plant develops a ten- to sixteen-foot high flower stalk in late winter through the summer, with greenish-yellow flowers. Thank you! Much to my amazement, only days after cutting it, another Agave in my front yard, (different species) is beginning to bloom! Thanks Debra–Thank you for such an informative and beautiful post. So go ahead and enjoy its blooms. I think that is worthy of a party too! My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog posts, newsletters, public speaking and workshops, photos, videos, merchandise, and social media (Facebook and Pinterest). The attenuata spike is lovely, but they are all striking. In the wild it is found in a wide range of arid environments, so it is widely adapted to varying soils and exposures. Trying to identify what I believe is an agave plant in my yard…. Debra. Root restriction may stress the plant in a good way. The one in my yard is about 30-35 feet tall. (Moral: If you grow Agave americana, be mean to it.). When this topples, it efficiently propells the offspring to the earth. I think sawn-off trunks are unsightly, so I’d cut them so you can’t see them. ‘marginata’ is one of only a dozen or so Agave sp. It has many smaller plants around it and they are too becoming much bigger now. Agaves don’t like a lot of rainfall—they’re dry-climate plants. Evaluate the clump in terms of the aesthetics of your garden. One of the reasons I bought my home in Scottsdale, AZ was because of the beautiful sculpture like agave plants out front. Oak Park, Illinois, USA, 18th July, 2013. trunks from the base of the plant with yellow flowers. Hi, Bought and moved into a new house in a Bayside area of Brisbane 9 months ago. I’d love to know if that’s the case. Thanks for anyone with any kind of thoughts. i’ve seen impressive agave flower spikes in my neighborhood, and finally got one, but alas… turns out it’s bad news! That Agave potatorum is beautiful, what a lovely shot. Debra. Hybrids bloom in so many colors, from bright pink, light … Agave americana‘s stalk is about the diameter of a telephone pole and nearly as tall. Be aware that some of the large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. Never have had agave. that will perform well in Ft Lauderdale, FL’s subtropical / tropical 10b … They’re generally fine in high heat and hot sun, though they like some afternoon shade in desert gardens. I found your page by searching ‘agave blooming’ but didn’t find what I would like to know: my agave is something that a friend brought back from Texas years ago. However I recently saw a photo of one blooming in a small pot. It is also best to handle your Agave as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. I was thrilled! These have been the same size(small) in both. I bet you will miss this pretty plant however you will have all those babies. I enjoyed this article very much. Notice the size of the bloom stalk  of Agave angustifolia ‘Variegata’ relative to that of the mother plant. I have had a century plant out back for over 14 years now and it is huge. Hi Debra, Thank you for the informative post. It took about a year to complete it’s bloom cycle, so it was enjoyed by all for quite some time. American agave plants are known for their fairly fatalistic life cycles: live, die, repeat. Tel: 928-284-0391 Thank you. When mature, the “heart” of the agave, the crown minus leaves and roots, would be harvested and set into a pit to roast for hours or days. After wintering in the Mexican tropics, bats migrate northward through the desert following the south-to-north wave of spring-blooming … But it is fascinating to watch it bloom. Pacifica”, is a succulent, evergreen cactus plant, native to Mexico and Central America. I planted 1 inground 1 in a pot. Help!!! Debra. I have a question. I am now taking photos daily as it progresses! Uhhhhh why would you want to sever the magnificent foxtail? And I just want to be sure what you are telling me. From tropical to xeriscape, this Caribbean Agave is the right choice for any landscape! This year the crown part was bent over on it’s side. Hi, Janet — Thanks! I suspect that agaves in pots don’t bloom as quickly as those in the ground. Agave americana, the most common agave in the Southwest, has the common name “century plant” because it supposedly takes a century to bloom. What is even more impressive is the fact that most agave varieties die after they bloom, … The stock is growing 6” per day, an unreal pace. wE’VE BEEN TOLD OUR PLANT IS A “CENTURY PLANT.” tHANK YOU FOR YOUR INFORMATIVE WEBSITE! Will the stalk carry baby plants? I also bought 2 online & basically got ripped off and some little pups arrived. Yes, your attenuatas will die after blooming. I read it grows very fast and it is in a perfect spot where it can grow as tall as it likes, next to some 40 to 50-feet pine trees. You’re right—yuccas, which are related to agaves, don’t bloom after flowering. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can injure small children and even pets. Cultivation: Description: It is a small-medim sized … Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. I love the potatorum, I just bought one in California. I’m going to miss my toothy Agave potatorum, shown here beginning to form a bloom spike. Agave are like roses and orchids, I would love to have a collection of them! My Agave looks the same like on the last picture. I was delighted to read this article.. beautifully written and so articulate. Thanks. We live in Malaysia. Very cool plants, visually and historically. Each ‘head’ is amongst a large group of adjoining agave plants and sit on a 2-3 foot trunk, some with small new pups sprouting off them. The crown part with the small soft spikes is still on it’ s side. It helps me to remember the species name by imagining little potatoes skewered on the tips. Hi Debra, The specimens you’ll see are amazing. and putting a very small amount of tension on the stalk so that it will fall in the yard and spread its little babies, how long after the tall stalk of the plant starts , does it take for the full bloom to appear. The different varieties of agave have different ages to bloom time. Pacifica Agave Pacifica, scientifically known as, “ agave Angustifolia var. Deana, I have an agave Americana that is almost 30 years old in my garden in Italy. Agave angustifolia 'Marginata' (Caribbean Agave) A medium sized Agave to 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide with a dense rosette, rounded in outline, atop a short trunk 1 to 2 feet tall that is usually hidden until plants get some age (about when they bloom!). We admired the architectural symmetry of this plant. A favorite is blue Senecio Mandraliscae. It’s the easiest plant in the world to grow, though, and magnificent while it lasts. Agave is a succulent plant native to the American Southwest. This is the same plant shown in the top photo. We have 5 stunning agaves in bloom in our Austin, Texas neighborhood and I watch them every day to chart their progress. On Mar 31, 2018, DMichael from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote: Agave angustifolia var. I’m often asked if you can stop an agave from blooming by severing the stalk. Interpreting Wetland Status. The same chemical changes that cause it to flower also kill the plant. The flower stalks of Agave attenuata are goofy looking, tall and curved like question marks. Unfortunately, no. This often catches people by surprise when the Agave … Agave plants grow for many years without making any flowers. When it started forming a bloom spike, I realized the topic would make a good photo essay, so I went back through my photo files and pulled examples from gardens I’ve visited. Or does it just not matter? Debra. My dad planted it about 20 years ago and now it has grown an asparagus sprout at least 8 feet, it is amazing how fast it has grown. Thank you. Debra. Have several offsets from the Blue Boy. Agave desmettiana is notorious for blooming out after being in the ground only a few years. But they produce a lot of offsets so it’s no great loss. Check out http://www.debraleebaldwin.com for more ideas. So sky’s the limit! We inherited two of these plants in large pots when we bought the house. Healthy plants, with their plentiful slender and spiked leaves, almost look like a … Agave nectar, now sold in many supermarkets, is a popular natural sweetener. I have a question. I never tire of seeing the two-story bloom stalks shooting skyward on agaves around Austin. nothing developed but they looked lovely! Most of the agaves in this clump decided to bloom at once. It was so interesting to hear about a harvest that a village had to wait 20 years for! If i cut the spike before it blooms, is there a way i can encourage the spike to bloom and still produce offspring? Hi, Michelle — I think as gardeners get more sophisticated in terms of design, they gain an appreciation for the symmetry and sculptural qualities of agaves. Can I plant the spikes that are coming out of the dead flowers? If you're in Tucson: Starr Nursery. When an Agave does bloom, it sends up a large flower stalk out of the center of the plant that grows very quickly. When an agave flowers, it is not a happy event, unless you’ve been waiting forever to collect its offspring. How very nice of you to tell me this and also everyone who reads the post and who may want more info about gardening with agaves. Around these parts, aloe take place but will look for some today. When the stalk can no longer nourish them, they’re good to go! They are now all curved over and have shed the bulk of their dried flower stems. Hi, Dave. An agave bloom is truly cause for a little mourning and for celebration. And how heavy is it? Can I pull them off safely and propagate them in pots? Debra. The drooping, lifeless leaves of this bloomed-out specimen have been trimmed to a pineapple-like trunk. Overview Information Agave is a plant found in parts of the US, as well as Mexico, Central and South America, the Mediterranean, and some parts of India. I always admire them when I see them in warmer climates–living sculpture in the garden. Mine collapsed like wet Kleenix during the freeze of ’07 (it got down to 19 degrees), and even in milder years (no lower than 30 degrees) any out in the open get spots on their leaves and tip burn. I had to research this plant. It is a warm season agave … Enjoy the show while it lasts. After all, you and your guests aren’t likely to see such an event again (in your garden) for at least another 14 years. My century plant just pushed out its stem 2 weeks ago. If, however, you are the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might the way to go. Patricia. She must have been about five of six years old when I planted her five years ago. the flower stems we cut up and placed in vases indoors. Wish i could figure out how to post a photo. Hello: The agave that is sending up a flower stalk is amazingly tall and I await the flowering. Hello, If there’s nothing you can do about it, you might as well celebrate. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Six of 10 agave attenuata groups on the property flowered with 10 to 12 foot stalks (incredible!!) Subscribe now and be up to date with our latest news and updates. Beautiful post! Mine is about 22 feet tall. jam or syrup or some dessert concoction? The stalk, now about 5 feet tall, has grown a foot a week and is as yet unbranched. We just moved to Southern New Mexico a few years ago and promptly planted several agave in our yard–just love them! i AM CURIOUS TO KNOW IF THERE IS AN AVERAGE LENGTH OF TIME FOR THE TREE THAT BLOOMS TO STAY UPRIGHT? Debra, These are absolutely magnificent, Debra. Thanks. Thank you. Yours is an incredible garden… are these plants from your collection minus the one by the ocean? Debra. But your entire agave will die once it has finished flowering whether you cut off the stalk or not. Will theses also make baby agaves, a well as the pups from the mother plant? I have an awesome agave that is about 7 years old and huge. It already has 2 stalks and i thunk a 3rd coming up. To our shock we saw the spike enrage and grew about 3-4 feet in just 2 weeks. Thank you for all your informative and beautiful articles! There in rocky soil lots of fl sun&i water them& neglect them. My agave sisalinia is sending out a bloomstalk now-its about 30 feet and the flower buds aren’t open yet! They are all stunning photos. Debra. How exciting! You could start a nursery. The stalk has started to lean slightly. I will be leaving to go back to NY in a few days. The key is to know your garden’s microclimates—it might do really well for you, for example, planted against a wall of your house. Hi Debra – I have really enjoyed your book and I’ve already preordered your next book from Amazon. Your pics are amazing and it is obvious you have experience with these things. Eating and sharing the agave heart was a major community event, and agave was one of the few sweet foods available in the desert. That Agave attenuata is really neat. Can I cut it down now? Now I am moving it outside my post so that the spike can grow freely. Our agave have several “pups”–is it okay to transplant these babies to other parts of our yard? Furcraeas, aeoniums and sempervivums come to mind. We take pictures of it everyday and are amazed at the growth which seems to be daily. Botanical Name: Agave angustifolia The leaves of the Carribean agave are pale green in color with a creamy margin and grow up to 2 feet long. When you do repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot. [shareaholic app=”recommendations” id=”13070491″]. Loved the agave lesson, Debra. I’m really looking forward to sitting down and reading it properly – preferably outside in some sunshine. I just went to bush gardens & they had some nice huge 6fters. Thank you! Every time I see one, I marvel. However, be careful not to pot the Agave too deep as that will encourage stem rot during the growing season. Taxonomy. However, leaf color and variegation differs from plant to plant. How amazing this plant is when you water once a month and ignore it. Bill’s Best: A Top Designer’s Favorite Aloes. It blooms after ten years or more in spring and dies after flowering. Hi, Susan — Plant breeders (like Euro-American Propagators, who have the Proven Winners line) are introducing wonderful small agaves and aloes that are ideally suited for pot culture. I’m sure the chances of getting two blooms in as many years is quite slim, so we are definitely celebrating around here! The Agave most commonly referred to as “the Century Plant” is Agave americana, which has been used in the landscapes throughout California for over 75 years. Well, much to my joy, today, 10/9/09, I discovered an asparagus-like stem in the middle starting to emerge! We have s blooming century plant right now. I would estimate the age of this plant to be less than 10 years. thank you for an informative post – I’m going to take the water off of the other agaves in the yard. Also do you know where I can purchase a blue whale agave, I’m having a hard time finding one down here in Miami. My agave bloomed last year – not like yours, which is what I expected and wanted, but with four or five short (~12 in.) If pups conceal a sawn-off trunk, then perhaps you want to leave it as is and let the pups continue to enlarge. If you're in Southern CA, see my list of succulent nurseries and destinations. There are very few that I can grow in NJ gardens so the ones that I have or plant for clients live in pots for a season and that’s it–unless there’s some greenhouse space availalbe. I would like to share some photos but I am unable to load here. They feel right at home in modern landscapes or more traditional southwest xeriscapes and make … Some agaves bloom at a height up to 9 m (30 ft) so that they are far out of reach to animals that might attack them. I just went to a talk about cultivated agaves the other day. Time to take some photos. I have pictures if you want to see them. the one in my grandparents front yard is now forming a stalk the sad thing is that when it falls it will land in the paved road ); im thinking of tying a rope around stalk All Rights Reserved. Leaves will reach up to 20 inches (50 cm) long by 3 … It’s hard to imagine a world without honey, cane sugar, syrup or other sweeteners, which are so prevalent in what we eat today. And the photographs are also good and goodly informative. They are slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. I loved the overview of the different agaves and their particular bloom styles. There isn’t much shade. Hi, Nicole — Agaves have fibrous leaves, and yours is notable in that it’s the one that sisal is made from. A century plant (Agave americana) bloom grows through the Desert Room's roof at the Oak Park Conservatory in the suburb just west of Chicago. Agave nectar and pollen are major food sources on the northernmost and southward legs of the bats' migratory routes. When they have the right conditions and finally decide to bloom, many varieties make a very tall stalk that typically has an abundance of flowers. I thought since I grow most of my agaves in pots that I would never face the bloom spike. Any advice on what to expect would be appreciated. I am growing mine mostly indoors with bright morning sunlight and filtered afternoon sunlight. An Agave in our front yard recently finished it’s once in a lifetime event. North Dakota winters prohibit out door growth so have t winter over inside. 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